Dutch pensioner uses legal channels to change age to boost dating prospects

Elias Hubbard
November 8, 2018

Emile Ratelband, a 69-year old Dutch pensioner, author, former millionaire, and founder of Ratelband Research Institute and the Ratelband Foundation, has started a legal battle to have his actual age changed legally. The man has approached a local Amsterdam court to reduce his age.

Mr Ratelband believes the change is no different than identifying as transgender, adding to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf: 'You can change your name. You can change your gender. "Why not your age?"

"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.

'If I'm 49, then I can buy a new house, drive a different vehicle.

Mr Ratelband's case has now gone to a court in the city of Arnhmen in the eastern Dutch provice of Gelderland.

BBC reported that Mr Ratelband is a media personality who had voiced the character Vladimir Trunkov in the Dutch-language version of the Pixar film Cars 2.

Mr Ratelband said: 'I have done a check-up and what does it show?

However, while he's not had any luck on Tinder, it's not clear if he's attempted using dating apps designed specifically for older users. In Australia, for example, many older people struggle to find work once they reach their 50s and 60s, despite the fact that it is illegal for companies to specifically discriminate against candidates due to their age.

He was born on March 11, 1949, but he says he feels at least 20 years younger and wants to change his birth date to March 11, 1969, which will make him 49.

He also said he would renounce his pension if he was allowed to switched his birth date.

Pushing ahead his birthday, the judge explained, would equal to deleting part of their lives.

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

'For whom did your parents care in those years? "Who was that little boy back then?", the judge asked rhetorically, according to The Telegraph.

The court must decide within four weeks.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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