Is it normal that i got offered a cigarette from a random stranger?

A random guy I’ve never met offered me(18F) a cigarette,we were outside waiting for the train. Not a big deal I know. But i didnt ask for one.
I don’t smoke so this probably means I look like a heavy smoker.

Is It Normal?
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  • He was probably just trying to be polite in an outdated way

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  • Far more likely he simply thought you were standing there waiting for him to give you a smoke like a twat, so he offered you one.

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  • He was just being friendly.

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  • "Hey kid want some candy?"

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  • I doubt you look like a smoker yet because you are 18. You dont get that rough look unless you've been smoking until like age 28.

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  • That is a common offer from a smoker. Just trying to be nice.

    It was OK that you tuned it down.

    However, you could have started a conversation with them and who knows where that leads too. It's not what you know in the world that matters... its the network of people you know as they can connect you with all kinds of other resources which can lead to much greater success.

    I'm always looking for "possible possibilities" even though they are not immediately obvious or common. My network of contact has generated many thousands of dollars of income for me and provided some really great experiences and friendships in my life.

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    • See that's where I would differ in the approach. I'm all for starting random conversations with strangers but the difference being the OP is a 18 yo woman. And I'm a 24 yo Male.

      Call me biased but I dont think someone waiting for a train screams financial opportunities. Small talk? Maybe. Friendship? Unlikely. The risk to the OP is greater than you or I starting a conversation with a stranger.

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      • Most of the money I have earned from this small talk was just a better paying job.

        An extra $5 per hour makes a big difference. So to moving from $12 per hour to $30 per hour with just a job change.

        That $30 per hour job turned into over $50 per hour within 5 years as I moved up within the company.

        I also have provided likely 10 times the number of better job leads for people than I have every discussed some kind of financial opportunity with (of which most are not interested or do not have what it takes to make it work).

        Due to my connections I hear about different jobs out there and companies that are looking for workers but have not yet advertised publicly.

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  • He was probably trying to make small talk.

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  • Honestly that's pretty nice. Smokers can be a social bunch.

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