This answer is one of the possible correct answers. The perception of time can differ from country to country. Even within the European Union, what some people on occasion paint with the same brush, may differ a lot. But not only between countries, also individuals within one country may indicate different perceptions. In this incident we can observe that the perception of time may be different between Frau Schmidt and Sr. DeVito.
It is also true that the power distance between cultures may change. In intercultural communication power distance is defined as “the extent to which the less powerful members of organizations and institutions accept and expect that power is distributed unequally.”
Studies have shown that Germany indicates a rather low power distance which means that e.g. in companies the management structure implies less control of employees and codetermination rights are comparatively extensive. Italy indicates a rather higher power distance. Nevertheless, one has to distinguish that there may be differences even within the country. In the case of Italy there is a significant difference between the north and the south, for instance.
In our opinion, in this case study, Sr. DaVito could show a higher power distance than Frau Schmidt as he behaves according to his higher position. One can see, that Frau Schmidt, who comes from a potentially lower power distant country, finds it hard to deal with that.
Nevertheless, one has to note that there is also an age difference between the two encountering people, that could have an effect on their perception of power distance as well.