I contemplated buying a little cigarette lighter for my purse today. You never know, it could come in handy. It would feel quite at home with the Swiss-army-like knife thing and the nail clippers, which have proven to come in quite useful from time to time. And you never know when I might end up stranded on the side of the road with nothing but my purse and wits to keep me alive. Being able to start a bush fire may mean the difference between life and death. But there's also another scenario popped into my head.
Suppose some bum asks me whether I have a lighter so he can smoke.
Extreme creativity aside, I could do one of three things. I could contribute to his demise by lighting his cigarette, I could lie and say I don't have a lighter, or I could say "Yeah, I have a lighter, but I won't share it with you." So basically, I would be forced into becoming either a(n) a. aid to suicide, b. liar, or c. nasty rude person.
All those options stink.
Wait - brain wave - I can just say, "No, I don't have one you can use." Because then it's ambiguous enough I don't have to actually lie. Although it might be good for penniless smokers if they're met with a bit of a friendly retort from time to time. Perhaps it'll slap a little sense into them?
That settles it. Next time I see a cigarette lighter for sale, I'm buying one. Or are they cheaper bulk?
"Smoking? I thought that went out of style years ago." My dad, when someone asked him for smokes. The man actually laughed and made small talk later with us on...