A pensioner has launched a legal battle to legally reduce his age by 20 years to help him attract more women on Tinder — a location-based dating app.
Dutchman Emile Ratelband, 69, wants to legally wind back the clock on his birth certificate because he identifies as a 49-year-old. According to British tabloid The Sun, heargues that if transgender people are allowed to self-identify, he should be allowed to change his birth date.
The entrepreneur and self-help guru was born on 11th March 1949, but says he feels at least 20 years younger and wants to change his birth date to 11th March 1969. He’s now suing his local authority in The Netherlands after they refused to amend his age on official documents.
The publication reports the case has now gone to a court in the city of Arnhmen in the eastern Dutch province of Gelderland.
“I have done a check-up and what does it show? My biological age is 45 years,” Emile told The Sun. “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.
“When I’m on Tinder and it says 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.”
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Ratelband added that he’s discriminated against because of his age and that he encounters problems in society on a daily basis. He also supported his claim by adding his move would be good news for the government as he would renounce his pension until he reaches retirement age again.
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.
The court is due to deliver a written ruling within four weeks, according to the report.
While some want to seem younger in the dating world, being an older member of society can also impact the chances of getting a job. 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.
A shocking new report, published by the Australian Human Rights Commission, found that many companies aren’t hiring older people. It also revealed that 30 per cent of Aussie employers are breaking the law by enforcing an age limit for job applicants, with two thirds of those then admitting they draw the line at employing anyone over the age of 50.