Smoker’s karma is alive and well, despite price increases. If it didn’t change from that quarter thru a couple of dollars a pack, why would it change at any price? We’ve all deemed the habit worth continuing to pay for, a twentieth of a pack isn’t that big of a deal.
It’s not about the value, it’s about how much it sucks to be fiending. The idea is that every smoker knows what it’s like to be without and suffering, brand is no longer an important consideration at that point, it’s all about getting that sweet sweet nicotine in and soothing the monkey. I’d not deny someone that relief, and I’d expect to be supplied willingly if I were similarly in need. People don’t usually get bent over chocolate withdrawal.
Details of smoker’s karma:
You may not continually bum smokes. Buy your own, once in a while everyone’s caught out thru lack of planning, but mooching is right out.
Bumming three to five smokes means you buy a brand of the person’s pack to repay them.
Bummer’s do not comment unfavorably on strength or brand of the gifted smoke.
Bummer’s should ideally have their own lighter, running out of smokes is one thing but if you don’t even have a light it’s as if you suddenly decided to take up the habit and aren’t in the previously described desperate group.
All smoker’s have the innate right to ask another smoker, no smoker has a right to be offended by the asking, unless of course it’s habitual bumming.
Taking anyone’s last smoke is verboten. The bummee should not, however, play the injured party of “I guess, but it’s my last one.” while secretly hoarding a full pack in a non-visible spot.
Offering a pittance for a smoke makes some people feel better about bumming. It’s usually an offer made in good faith, but only between strangers and never acquaintences or friends. Most smokers wave off the money, trusting that the karma will suffice. You can willingly accept it, some do just to spare the indebtedness feeling the bummer is trying to get rid of, most don’t though.