Dutchman, 69, brings lawsuit to lower his age 20 years
A Dutch positivity trainer has launched a legal battle to change his age and boost his dating prospects.
Emile Ratelband, 69, wants to shift his birthday from March 11, 1949 to March 11, 1969, comparing the change to identifying as being transgender.
We live in a time when you can change your name and change your gender. Why cant I decide my own age? he said.
Ratelband, who makes a living urging people and businesses to be positive, denies that the age request is a publicity stunt. He claims he is seeking a personal positive effect.
Now Im an old man. I have to save my money to give to my kids so that they can live, said the father of seven. But If I have that age again, I have hope again. Im new again. The whole future is there for me again.
A local court in the eastern city of Arnhem is expected to rule on the case within four weeks.
However officials were sceptical about the case, believing there was no legal mechanism allowing a person to change their birth date, local reports said.<纽约时报中英文网 http://www.qqenglish.com/>
One of the judges wanted to know what would become of the 20 years that Mr Ratelband wanted to erase. Who were your parents looking after then? Who was that little boy? he was quoted as saying.
Mr Ratelband argues 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 Im 69, I am limited. If Im 49, then I can buy a new house, drive a different car. I can take up more work, he said.
When Im on Tinder and it says Im 69, I dont get an answer. When Im 49, with the face I have, I will be in a luxurious position.
Mr Ratelband further argued that according to his doctors he has the body of a 45-year-old, and described himself as a young god.
He went on Facebook last year to describe how he had made the decision one day standing in front of a mirror, not because he feared getting old but because he wanted to make the most of life for as long as possible.
He also said he would renounce his pension if he switched his birth date.
Ratelband says the Dutch government could benefit if it were to accept his age demand. He said hed be happy to forfeit his monthly pension of around 1,200 euros a concession he estimates would save nearly 300,000 euros over the 20 years he wants shaved off his age.
The Netherlands constitution expressly prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of age.
Mr Ratelband, a media personality and motivational guru, converted to Buddhism earlier this year.
He voiced the character Vladimir Trunkov in the Dutch-language version of the Pixar film Cars 2.
Plot twist: the gov accepts his demands. He becomes 49 again - and has to work 15 years to his pension. Jokes on him.
He is right!...I have 40 but I want to change to 80 to cash my pension...
I want to change my birth place to Mars.
Thats what you get when reality and facts dont matter anymore.