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They let you down easy there bud. Its an easy way out. Just like saying to a stranger "oh I have a bf".
Friend zone is real and is hard to even get pass it. I see it a lot when nice guys try to wait.. and wait.. and wait.
Honestly best bet is to be blunt/forward. When you talk to a cute girl dont act like your talking to them as a friend. Be engaging, flirt, listen and comment back. That way you have a get go of them knowing your interested rather then them thinking your just mutually talking to them.