A British man who has never been on time for anything in his entire life has been diagnosed with a medical condition known as chronic lateness. Jim Dunbar received the diagnosis after showing up to a hospital appointment a half-an-hour late.
Even though he now knows about his condition, Dunbar is still having problems getting places on time. “I got up at 8:15 am to go to a David Bowie film at the DCA that started at seven o’clock,” Dunbar said. “That gave me 11 hours to get ready. I knew I was going there — and I was 20 minutes late. I get down about it and it’s disturbing for other folk when you arrive late.”
Dunbar in never punctual despite having a special clock that uses radio frequencies tuned to a national transmitter to make sure that the time it displays is always correct.
Doctors have recognized Dunbar’s condition; convincing his family is another matter altogether. “My family don’t believe it and think I’m making excuses,” Dunbar said.
It is kind of hard to blame them.
“I’ve been late for funerals and slipped in and hid at the back of the hall,” Dunbar said. “I arranged to pick my friend up at midday to go on holiday and was four hours late. He was furious because we had booked a ferry and everything. A friend invited me over for a meal and I was more than three hours late. He only lives in Whitfield. It has affected my entire life.”
Chronic lateness affects the same part of the brain as Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Dunbar wants to raise awareness about the condition, The Evening Telegraph reported.
“The reason I want it out in the open is that there has got to be other folk out there with it and they don’t realize that it’s not their fault,” he said. “I blamed it on myself and thought: ‘Why can’t I be on time?’ I lost a lot of jobs. I can understand people’s reaction and why they don’t believe me. It is really depressing sometimes. I can’t overstate how much it helped to say it was a condition.”