"Uhhhhh Excuse me, uh, uh, cigarette?"
I cross my hands in the Korean ultimate NO sign, "Sorry, me no smoking" (see what my english is reduced to?)
"No, no, me pay? You buy?
Here I am faced with a dilemma - should I buy cigarettes for this innocent, healthy lunged teenager? I know he is totally taking advantage of my foreign-ness. But I decide it is easier to buy them for him than try and explain the hazards of smoking in broken English.
So he hands me $2.50 and I head into Sing Sing mart to buy some Ma-bo-ru-ra green cigarettes, while Korean teenager skulks around outside. I ask the woman for some Ma-bo-ru-ra to which there is none! I stare blankly at the cigarette stand and grab another brand of methol cigarettes.
I take them outside (the woman that just served me can see every moment of this)
"Sorry, no Ma-bo-ru-ra but look - green!"
"No, no. I'm sorry. excuse me, money back?"
ARGH!! I try to do a help out a frustrated kid and this is what happens?!!! I walk towards the woman at the counter and return it for the cash. I can not interpret whether she thinks this is funny or she now hates me for aiding in the cancer of this boy. When I give him the cash, I can tell he wants to ask me to come to another store to try again but he is unable to ask me in english. I totally know you can buy them at the GS25 next door but I say sorry and leave, maybe giving this boy 3 minutes of life back.
BAD DEED ----> GOOD DEED.