Worried that he was too good to be true, she mentioned to me that she was going to run an extensive background check on him. At first I was like, “Girl, you are crazy!” The longer I thought about it, though, I agreed that it would be a good idea and I was mad at myself for never thinking to do it. Because of her dad’s military connections, she was able to find out everything she would and wouldn’t want to know about this guy. When the report came back, everything aligned with what he had told her—even the exact dollar and change amount for a bill he needed to pay. It was a big relief and the okay she needed to go forward with their relationship.
Her decision to get a background check really got me thinking. Whether you meet a guy via internet or at the supermarket checkout line, running a little background check isn’t a bad idea. So often when dating, we fall for guys before we know vital information. By the time conflicting information surfaces, our emotions are already entangled and making the decision on whether we should stay or part ways is tough.
While it’s good to know the big things like if he’s an ex-convict or if he’s currently married, it’s also beneficial to know simple things like if he’s honest about his salary, his debt and so on. Unfortunately, we can’t always depend on other people to be completely honest and upfront with us. Taking matters into our own hands is a wise decision and a preventive measure.
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