Joking can be funny... but also annoying!!
Yesterday, in my lunch-break, I went to the restaurant next to my butchery. I choosed my meal and brought it to the table. Some tables away, I saw a man and, I guess, his wife. Left to his plate, the popular newspaper 'Blick' (English: Look). I went over him and asked, if the newspaper is free. The man answered: "Not really, no."
First, you can't say that, when you're not reading or even holding it.
Second, you could answer: "I'm sorry, I'm about to read it right now/soon.
After he said this, I apologized for disturbing and wanted to go away. But then he yelled back: "Of course it's free! I just made a Joke!!" *smiled* First I made a face like -> -.- <- then I turned back to get the newspaper. I get to my table and ate my lunch.
...Now truly: It it soo difficult to answer with a normal "Yes"? Kinder could be, if he reached me the newspaper and said: "Yeah, here you go". Next time at a scene like that I'm gonna say: "Oh really? Great! I also just wanted the newspaper - and not talk to you!! Sucker..."