You’re a rebel at heart. You just know that you will always want what you can’t have. Well, do not consider the following list a temptation or challenge. Hearts will be harmed, relationships ruined, and awkwardness will be amplified. There are certain men out there that must be permanently placed on your ˜do not date’ list. Here are the top 4.
Your Friend’s Ex
It doesn’t matter if she’s your BFF, your sorta friend, or your long-time acquaintance. Unless you are looking for serious beef, hands off her ex. You could argue that the relationship ended for a reason and surely everyone should be moving on, but there is a whole library of evidence as to why this is a toxic scenario. Look at the facts: how long did they date, who broke it off, and how did it end? The answers to these questions will help you determine the level of outrage you could expect to receive, but it seems better to skip the drama and find a lookalike instead.
Considering how many hours of the day are spent at work, the office is a great and likely place to meet potential date-worthy guys, except one; the boss man. This one seems self-evident, but if you require a list for further clarification, consider the following: the water cooler gossip, alienation at employee social events, the suspicion of preferential treatment. Never mind having to ask him for a raise, time-off, or if you guys are exclusive! Don’t complicate your life even further. If you feel you and the big boss truly are star-crossed lovers, then contemplate changing departments or possibly even jobs.
Your Parents’ Friend
There is an undeniably enticing quality in the older man. And let’s face it, if your dad’s single football buddy looks like George Clooney this would be a tough one to rationalize. But age aside, this scenario has ˜ick’ written all over it. Just close your eyes and visualize how family dinners, holidays, and vacations might play out. Could you handle being the constant punch line of every cradle-robbing joke out there? Save your dad the locker room shame and keep his pal as an imaginary friend.
Ok, so it worked out fine for Dawson and Joey and this one probably lands in the grey area of totally off-limits, but think about how much you love your place before you put your home life in jeopardy. Yes, it’s a glass half-empty predicament, but how the relationship might end is key to why this man is on the ˜do not date’ list. If he does eventually become the ex, you wouldn’t want to re-route your walk to work, have to hand over his wrongly-delivered mail, or borrow a cup of sugar now would you?