I come from and was raised in the South. Manners required one showed up for a party, reception, or drop-in fashionably late. You arrived just a tad late for dinner, maybe ten minutes. Appointments are on time. No one ever showed up early for an invitation. It is/was very bad form. You allow your host time for a breath and final preparations before arriving.
On Saturday I had an appointment for 5:PM. I was ready, at my front door by 4:55. The person never arrived. By 6:30, I texted the guy, telling him we needed to reschedule.
He texted back that he was at the house at 4:40 or so, and knocked for ten minutes, then left.
The appointment was for 5:PM, not 4:45. I was in the back, getting dressed and doing a few things. Because he was early, and never told me he was early, he was totally pissed with me, for not answering the door. I never heard the door. I was in the bathroom, getting dressed. The air was on, and it is loud.
That’s one of the problems with the Southwest. People are always early. You have a party, they’re thirty minutes early. Reception – a half hour early. Dinner, early. Appointments, well, it all depends, but quite often they are annoyingly early.
When I say 5:PM. It is not right to be angry with someone when you are early to an appointment.
It’s called manner.