I once watched a European girl have a tantrum in the middle of Hong Kong airport because she had lost her luggage. Every staff member who tried to help her were yelled at. They simply turned around and walked away so she got nowhere with her problems.
Losing face ie publicly embarrassing a person can give great offense, especially in Asia, Mediterranean Europe, and Latin America. It is not quickly forgiven so its worthwhile avoiding a public display of temper or roundly telling someone off. It will usually just make matters worse.