Published: Thu, November 08, 2018

69-year-old Dutchman starts legal bid to become 20 years younger

69-year-old Dutchman starts legal bid to become 20 years younger

A 69-year-old man who identifies as a 45-year-old has begun a legal battle to lower his age to help him pull women on Tinder.

Dutch entrepreneur Emile Ratelband is hoping he will be able to change his date of birth from 11 March 1949 to 11 March 1969 after his doctors said he had the body of someone more than 20 years younger than himself.

Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad reported the court was sceptical of the suit, saying there was no legal mechanism allowing a person to change their birth date.

"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 AFP on Thursday (Nov 8). If I'm 49, then I can buy a new house, drive a different vehicle.

"Transgenders can now have their gender changed on their birth certificate, and in the same spirit there should be room for an age change", Ratelband said.

Mr Ratelbrand also argued in court that because of his age, companies were unwilling to hire him and he also had few matches on Tinder.

The Dutchman, who is a motivational speaker and media personality in the Netherlands, says that he'd likely have better luck dating, gaining employment, and making large purchases, such as homes or vehicles, if he were younger on paper.


The judge said that he had some sympathy with Mr Ratelband as people could now change their gender which would once have been unthinkable.

Ratelband is a pensioner and has said that if he does get to legally change his age, he will stop claiming the pension.

He said: "When I'm 69, I am limited".

He explained: "I have done a check-up and what does it show?"

One of the judges wanted to know what would become of the 20 years that Mr Ratelband wanted to erase. "I can take up more work", he continued. "Who was that little boy back then?", the judge asked rhetorically, according to The Telegraph.

He also argues that his wish would be good for the government, as he will renounce all his pension benefits until he reaches retirement age again.

It is due to make a ruling in four weeks.

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