A Dutch court yesterday rejected a man’s attempt to have his age legally changed from 69 to 49 to make himself 20 years younger!
Dutch motivational speaker Emile Ratelband filed a lawsuit last month requesting that his birth date be changed from 1949 to 1969, saying he wanted to improve his chances on Tinder. He told AFP, “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. I feel young, I am in great shape and I want this to be legally recognized because I feel abused, aggrieved and discriminated against because of my age.” He also compared his request to identifying as transgender, saying, “We live in a time when you can change your name and change your gender. Why can’t I decide my own age?”
But a Netherlands court said yesterday that while Ratelband, quote, “is at liberty to feel 20 years younger than his real age and to act accordingly,” his date of birth can’t legally be changed. The ruling said, “Amending his date of birth would cause 20 years of records to vanish from the register of births, deaths, marriages and registered partnerships. This would have a variety of undesirable legal and societal implications.” It also added that if Ratelband really feels he’s a victim of age discrimination, there are other avenues available to him for legal action.