2018-11-08 09:10:34 UTC
A Dutch pensioner has started a legal battle to legally change his age and
boost his dating prospects.
Emile Ratelband, 69, wants to shift his birthday from 11 March 1949 to 11
March 1969, comparing the change to identifying as being transgender.
"You can change your name. You can change your gender. Why not your age?" he
told Dutch paper De Telegraaf.
A local court in the city of Arnhem, south-east of Amsterdam, is expected to
rule on the case within four weeks.
Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad reported the court was sceptical of the
suit, saying there was no legal mechanism allowing a person to change their
But Mr Ratelband argued he feels discriminated against because of his age,
and that it was affecting his employment chances and his success rate on the
dating app, Tinder.
"When I'm 69, I am limited. If I'm 49, then I can buy a new house, drive a
different car. I can take up more work," he said.
"When I'm on Tinder and it say 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."