I had the same a while back when I flew into my home system. Forgot I was in open, and was flying my jumpaconda (whoops). As I dropped into the station, I noticed a Python sitting outside of the mailslot. Quickly went inside, swapped to my FDL, and flew to the guy. Parked right in front of him, tapped him a few times, and asked what he was doing.
Long silence, before he answered he was waiting for a friend. Sure enough, a nearly harmless Cobra came at us. Told him I wanted to make sure he wasn’t a ganker, since the Wolves don’t appreciate those, and wished him good luck on his travels. He said thanks, and wished me happy flying too, after which he and his cobra buddy went on and I docked again.
That’s the stuff I like about Elite, and something that probably started my slow move towards Open