Pensioner Who Identifies As 49-Year-Old Asks Court To Change Age

Emile Ratelband identifies as 45

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.

According to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, Ratelband says that he believes that he is a "young god", and should have the age to fit his physique, which he clearly believes is impressive.

The judge presiding over Mr Ratelband's case said he had some sympathy for his plight, but found there would be practical problems in allowing people to change their DOB - as it would mean legally deleting a significant portion of their lives. I can take up more work.

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The judge conceded that the ability to change gender was a development in the law.

The pensioner has said he is ready to give up his pension if the court agrees to let him change his age.

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.

"I feel young, I am in great shape and I want this to be legally recognised because I feel abused, aggrieved and discriminated against because of my age".

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Ratelband adds, "When I'm on Tinder and it says I'm 69, I don't get an answer". When I'm 49, with the face I have, I will be in a luxurious position.

"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.

Mr Ratelband, a media personality and motivational guru, converted to Buddhism earlier this year and is a trainer in neurolinguistic programming.

Ratelband seems especially focused on getting his dating life back on track and says that he isn't anxious that women who see him in the flesh may be disappointed.

'For whom did your parents care in those years?

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. "Who was that little boy?" he was quoted as saying.

A ruling is expected within four weeks.

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