LAST is an acronym for Latino American Standard Time
. There are essentially three guiding principles behind LAST.
1.) To be “on time” means one can show up at any point up to 1 hour after the agreed upon time.
2.) If one arrives between 1 hour up to 2 hours after, it’s “cutting it close”.
3.) Lastly, if one arrives anytime after 2 hours they are officially “late”, and any time before the agreed upon time qualifies them as a “lunatic” (or any other variant of this word).
e.g.) If the agreed upon time is 12:00
pm: one arrives “on time” between 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm, “cutting it close” would be between 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm, arriving any time after 2:00 pm is “late”, and arriving any time before 12:00 pm makes one a “lunatic”.
(Boss:) I’ve noticed that you’ve been coming in way past an hour late to work every day consistently for the last few weeks.
:) Sorry, I’m not sure I understand
what you’re talking about.
(Boss:) Do you not see everybody else working? Work started over an hour ago! You just show up, equipped with your Starbucks, over an hour late as if you don’t have a job to do?!
(Fulano:) Surely not! I would never show up late!
(Boss:) So even though work started over an hour ago you’re not late?
(Fulano:) Ohhhh, I think I understand the problem now. I’ve been in LAST for about two or three weeks.
(Boss:) Oh, that makes a lot of sense now! Sorry for getting upset, you know how passionate I am about my job as your boss.
(Fulano:) It’s completely okay, apology
accepted. I’m glad we could move past our differences.
(Boss:) Me too, thank you for keeping my ego in check
(Fulano:) My pleasure