In most of South America, and big chunks of North America now, activity is mistaken for work. Employees are always rushing about in a chaotic manner as they want to look busy. You see it in government bureaucracies as well as with the private business. Everyone always wants to look busy, which means working harder, not smarter. In fact, they may very well work dumber as that creates more work, which makes it easier to look busy. There’s a strange logic to it.
In fairness, that is also pretty “Irish.”
Hey, look, we go to the same pharmacy!
With open borders and a flood of third world people into America, I’m seeing this sort of thing locally. I had to get my prescription refilled the other day and the pharmacy I use is staffed by H1B’s from Lord knows where. Rite Aid is known for abusing the H1B program to hire cheap labor in their pharmacy. Every time I go in there, I see sub-Saharan Africans scurrying about, looking busy, getting nothing done. Invariably they screw up my prescription and it requires lots of hand gestures and mangled English to get it resolved.
The Spanish workday generally starts at 10 a.m., takes a lengthy break at 3 p.m., and then ends around 8 p.m., with dinner often not until 10 p.m.