Man, 69, wants to legally reduce age to boost dating chances

Erika Holt
November 9, 2018

Doing so would make him 49 years old, which he argues would allow him to "live differently".

Well, perhaps you should consider legally changing your birth year.

Emile Ratelband has launched a legal battle to change his birthday from 11 March, 1949, to 11 March, 1969, thereby knocking twenty years off his age, according to Dutch publication De Telegraaf. Why not your age?

WTF?! For those of a certain age who are trying to find a date on Tinder, wishing you were a decade or two younger isn't unusual.

He has also cited that he has been on the receiving end of discrimination, particularly when it comes to employment and his love life. "I want to control myself", he said. I can take up more work.

"If I put on Tinder that I am 69, I will not get a response...[As] 49, with that face of mine, then I'm rammed", he said.

The court is due to deliver a ruling on the case within four weeks.

"I feel much younger than my age, I am a young god, I can have all the girls I want but not after I tell them that I am 69", Ratelband told the news agency.

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We even have the right to change our name. "Why can't I decide my own age?" he said.

Ratelband told AFP that telling his real biological age to a prospective date was cramping his style.

A Dutchman is suing to change his age from 69 to 49.

He says he was racially abused as a teenager because of his appearance, and when he started an acting career, he found it easier to pursue non-white parts.

Ratelband, the Dutch TV personality, says the Dutch government could benefit if it were to accept his age demand. "Who was that little boy?" asked the judge during the 45-minute court session. He also supported his claim by adding his move would be good news for the government as he would renounce his pension until he reaches retirement age again.

Ratelband's attorney told the Guardian that it was high time for the courts to allow for the reversal of age.

However, he explained that allowing people to change their birth date would create problems from a legal point of view.

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