What's in a number? Dutchman, 69, seeks age change to 49

Emile Ratelband said he would have better luck on Tinder if his age was changed

A Dutch pensioner doesn't just think he's only as young as he feels; he's been inspired by the transgender rights movement to initiate a legal battle to change his legal age, insisting that he identifies himself as a much younger man.

The man described himself as young God and said his doctors said he has a body of 45-year-old!

In turn, Mr Ratelband sued them, bringing the case to a court in the city of Arnhmen, in the eastern Dutch province of Gelderland.

Temporally-challenged Emile Ratelband claims he is being discriminated against for his age and says he is no different to transgender people who are legally allowed to change their sex. Age discrimination, she says, happens only at certain points in your career, usually between 40, 50 or 60 years of age.

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"When I'm 69, I am limited", added Ratelband, who voiced the character Vladimir Trunkov in the Dutch-language version of the Pixar film "Cars 2". If I'm 49, then I can buy a new house, drive a different vehicle.

"So when I ask for a mortgage, for example, they say it's impossible", he told The Associated Press.

He complains that when he tries to get dates on a dating site called Tinder, he only gets women his age, in their late 60s. If I'm 49, then I can buy a new house, drive a different auto.

His reasoning is as multifaceted as it is complete and utter bullshit, with Ratelband stating he doesn't get enough attention on Tinder, he can't buy a house (ummm, what?) and more disgustingly, that trans people can change their gender so why can't a salty boomer arsehole change his age? That raises further questions as to whether he truly wants to change his legal age, or is instead conducting an elaborate stunt, whether for publicity or to make a point about "gender fluidity". He says he doesn't want to simply change his age on his profile, because "if you lie, you have to remember everything you say".

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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. He noted that changing Ratelband's date of birth would effectively disregard the portion of his life between 1949 and 1969.

"Who were your parents looking after then?"

The court is due to deliver a written ruling within four weeks.

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