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

Emile Ratelband 69 previously converted to Buddhism- because he could

Emile Ratelband 69 previously converted to Buddhism- because he could

A 69-year-old man in the Netherlands wants to legally reduce his age by 20 years, just to improve his chances in the world of dating.

We'll just have to wait for the court's ruling to find out whether Ratelband gets to drive whatever auto it is that he thinks 49-year-olds are allowed to drive that 69-year-olds aren't.

"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.

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

The court is due to deliver its decision on Mr Ratelband's age within four weeks.

Mr Ratelband's case has now gone to a court in the city of Arnhmen in the eastern Dutch province of Gelderland. "Nowhere are you so discriminated against as with your age", Dutch paper De Telegraaf quoted Ratelband as saying.

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

He told the court that he "suffers" as a 69-year-old and has been feeling "20, 25 years younger" than his official age, according to Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad. The man also said he could have a new shot at life, that would allow him to buy a new house or get a new job. The Netherlands' constitution "prohibits direct and indirect distinction in employment relations on the basis of age", but some claim that people over 50 have been the most impacted by austerity measures in the country.

He said employers are reluctant to hire someone as old as a pensioner as a consultant.

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. "I can take up more work", he said.

Mr Ratelband is a media personality and motivational speaker, who is a trainer in neurolinguistic programming.

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

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