I am Finnish. I worked as a consultant for an American company that wanted to expand its business to Finland. The company is my old employer when I lived in America. They wanted me to organize several online meetings with potential stakeholders in the second week of December.
Client: We’d like the meetings to be in the afternoon of 6th.
Me: I’m sorry, but that’s not possible. Because of time zone differences, 5 pm there would be midnight here. Also, the 6th is our independence day, so no one would be attending that meeting since it’s a public holiday.
Client: What?! Do you think I’m that stupid? Independence day is the 4th of July, not the 6th of December!