International 69-year-old Dutchman files suit to reduce his age to 49 years

69-year-old Dutchman files suit to reduce his age to 49 years




- Advertisement -

A 69-year-old Dutchman, Emile Ratelband has filed a lawsuit to reduce his age by 20 years.
Emile Ratelband, who describes himself as a “positivity trainer” wants to shift his birthday from March 11, 1949, to March 11, 1969.

Ratelband, a media personality, entrepreneur and trainer in neuro-linguistic programming, said he feels discriminated against because of his age, saying his chances of getting employed or finding a partner on dating app, Tinder has reduced because of his age.

“We live in a time when you can change your name and change your gender. Why can’t I decide my own age?” he said.

“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,” he added.

- Advertisement -

According to BBC, Ratelband launched the legal battle in a local court in Arnhem and judges are expected to rule on the case in four weeks.

One of the judges was reported saying: “Who were your parents looking after then (referring to the 20 years Ratelband wants to erase)? Who was that little boy?”

In his argument, Ratelband, who describes himself as a “young god,” said his doctors have told him he had the body of a 45-year-old.

In a post in his Facebook made in 2017 Ratelband said the decision to challenge his legal age was not because he was afraid of getting old, but rather he wants to make the most of life for as long as possible. Ratelband also said that he would renounce his pension if he successfully reduces his age.

Ratelband has been married twice and has seven children from three relationships. He converted to Buddhism this year and was involved in Dutch politics in the early 2000s.

In 2011, Ratelband acted as the voice of Vladimir in the Dutch-language version of Cars 2.Follow us on Social Media

Send in your scoops to 

No tags for this post.
- Advertisement -

‘Stop the double standards,’ says PAB rider after seeing LTA officers let off an errant rider

Singapore – “PAB (power-assisted bicycle) rider doing food delivery? You’d better just dress like you look like an Aunty because LTA (Land Transport Authority) will not issue you a ticket,” said a member of the public after witnessing the authorities let...

Leong Sze Hian faces backlash for crowdfunding, shares hate messages he received

  Singapore — Some of the wind has gone out of blogger Leong Sze Hian's crowdfunding campaign and he has been getting hate messages too. Mr Leong took only 11 days to raise the S$133,000 the High Court ordered him to pay as...

M’sian worker and sole breadwinner suffers a stroke and severe memory loss in SG; family with two young kids crowdfunds for S$100K

Singapore -- A 34-year-old Malaysian man who was working in Singapore lost his memory after collapsing from a stroke. He is the sole breadwinner for his family, and his wife and two young children are crowdfunding to pay his medical bills. In...
Follow us on Social Media

Send in your scoops to 

No tags for this post.