By AMANI BADRAN, Staff Writer

I read somewhere that you can learn a lot about a person by the way they handle three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas lights. Well from experience, I’ve realized that you can learn a lot about a person by the things they lie about. For example, if they lie about not having a significant other, they probably suck.

I’m going to make this story as short and simple as I can, primarily because I’d rather not relive, in depth, the experience that made me officially lose faith in the male population. I met this guy through a friend once and I remember thinking that he was the cutest, sweetest guy I had met in a while. Apparently I wasn’t the only one who was fooled by his appearance because he had a girlfriend. Here’s the twist though: I had no clue.

It’s actually kind of a funny story because the first thing I asked him was if he was single. Maybe I hopped on that too fast, but can you blame a girl? I mean, he was so hot. Well, he said no and I didn’t think he had a reason to lie so I took his word for it. We ended up meeting again at a friend’s get-together and we got a chance to talk and he asked for my number. I gave it to him and we started texting. I’d say we only got to “what school do you go to?” before he started with the sweet talk. Barf. Yeah you’re hot but I barely know you and I’m definitely not your baby.

Whatever my issues are with affection aren’t the source of this problem. The point is, he was acting like a single man. Anyway, I moved passed the sweet talk and he took the hint that I wasn’t into it and we continued to get to know each other. We were either texting or on the phone all day and we were making plans to hang out. A week or so after, I told my friend (whose house we met at) what had happened at her get-together. To my surprise, the first thing she said to me was “oh, he didn’t tell you he had a girlfriend?” Obviously not.

If there’s one thing I hate, it’s a home-wrecker and whether I knew who his girl was or not, girl code strictly told me to stay away. However, the fairly civil part of me told me to ask him if he had been lying before I made any plans to kill him. I did exactly that and he told me that he did not have a girlfriend. Apparently she was some girl he had a thing with who couldn’t take a hint. Well buddy, apparently you didn’t hint it quite enough because all of her friends, and yours (yes I did my investigating,) said that you two were definitely a pair. I knew the best idea was to stay away from the situation altogether.

If you’re that guy who is going to deny your girlfriend then yes I consider you scum. Do not make yourself appear completely available. It wasn’t even like I misread any signals. I mean, hello, I specifically asked if you were single and you specifically said no and you continued to pursue me. I’m not really interested in whether this girl is your exclusive girlfriend, your down low girlfriend, or your ex who thinks she’s still your girlfriend. Neither one of those characteristics is one I look for in a man. Fix whatever issues you have going on before you get involved with anyone and do not be a prick about getting involved while you still have a girl.