Dutchman, 69, sues to lower his age

Dutchman, 69, sues to lower his age

Ratelband, whose website describes him as a personal development entrepreneur, told De Telegraaf he is a "young god" and said a change to his legal age would help him live life with gusto.

Ratelband and his attorney argued in an Arnhem court that wanting to change his age is no different than wanting to legally change his name or gender. Why not your age?

He says people have contacted him to express their support and to say they have been discriminated against because of their age. "I want to control myself", Mr Ratelband said Thursday. "If I'm 49, then I can buy a new house, drive a different auto", he said, according to a translation by The Guardian.

The U.K. Telegraph reported Ratelband wants to be legally 20 years younger in hopes of boosting his chances with women on the dating app, Tinder. If I'm 49, then I can buy a new house, drive a different vehicle. According to Ratelband, he had a medical exam which said he has the body of a 45-year-old man. He said he'd be happy to forfeit his monthly pension of around $2,144 - a concession he estimates would save almost $470,000 over the 20 years he wants shaved off his age.

Ratelband, the Dutch TV personality, says the Dutch government could benefit if it were to accept his age demand. 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.

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Mr Ratelband said: "I have done a check-up and what does it show?" We even have the right to change our name. Age discrimination, she says, happens only at certain points in your career, usually between 40, 50 or 60 years of age. The court must decide within four weeks.

When it was pointed out to him that his request could be considered offensive by transgender people, Ratelband brushed off the concerns, because, well, he's looking for love online.

Naturally, the court is sceptical of the matter because no legal mechanism now exists allowing a person to change their birthdate.

'For whom did your parents care in those years?

At first, he said, the judges "laughed like little girls".

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