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I am a Chief Mate onboard a Panamanian Flag vessel. This happened one day when our ship safely berthed at Sancheonpo port in Korea to discharge our cargo, which is coal in bulk from Australia. A cadet and I got a chance for shore leave, and while getting some chow at a buffet restaurant, we sat across two pretty Korean young ladies who wouldn’t stop staring at us. Halfway through our dinner, one of them came over to our table and apologized for staring. They explained that my companion was a dead-ringer for her friend’s boyfriend who had just died in a car accident. We asked if there was anything we could do to console her. She said it would really mean a lot if we could just wave goodbye to them when they leave. So we agreed. A few moments later, the two young ladies walked out, and so, we waved. Later, when the waitress brought us the bill, we learned that the two young ladies had put their meals and drinks dinner on our tab.

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