One of the most common excuses would-be johns give to arresting officers is, “It’s my first time,” the RCMP said yesterday after announcing the arrest of seven men in Surrey.

When Mounties sent an undercover female police officer out on to the Surrey streets on Oct.
23, she was approached by seven men, all of whom were arrested, said Sgt. Roger Morrow.

“Investigators continue to hear a variety of commentaries as to why these men — many of whom are married — are engaged in this criminal activity,” he said.

Reasons included, “I’m lonely,” “My son just died,” “I was just bored coming home from work” and “I’m new in town.”

In one case, a suspect told police he was buying his friend a “gift” when he approached the undercover officer.

Those arrested range in age from 23 to 70 years old.