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A 69-year-old man asks to be declared 49

A 69-year-old man asks to be declared 49

He says that with his youthful face and an age of 49, he would get more dates, possibly with younger women. He said it's affecting his employment chances and his success rate on the popular dating app, Tinder. "But I don't want to lie", he said.

Emile Ratelband, a media personality and motivational speaker, finds his actual age of 69 very limiting and has filed a lawsuit to have it legally lowered by twenty years.

Self-styled positivity guru Emile Ratelband has asked the court in the Netherlands to approve his request for a new birthdate to make him 49, because he thinks age is just a number.

The judge said he had some sympathy with Ratelband, but added there would be practical problems in allowing people to change their birth date, as it would mean legally deleting part of their lives. "When I'm on Tinder and it says I'm 69, I don't get an answer", he said.

He complains that companies are reluctant to hire someone the age of a pensioner as a consultant.

The judge said he sympathized with Rathelband - a neurolinguistic programming trainer who converted to Buddhism earlier this year - considering that changing one's gender was unthinkable in the past, according to the outlet.

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. But they're skeptical, telling him that their other options are "young people in the gleam of their lives".




However, the judge argued that there would be problems from a legal standpoint if people were allowed to change their birth date.

"So when I ask for a mortgage, for example, they say it's impossible", he said.

The Dutchman even says that he'll give up his pension if the court rules in his favor, saying that as a 49-year-old man, he would no longer need it.

Ratelband's website also says his "age focus is to turn at least 94 years old and to then leave this world healthy and with pleasure when it has become a better place for everyone".

He said: "For whom did your parents care in those years?"

The case is being heard in Arnhem, Gelderland, where it is expected to last for up to four weeks.