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A 69-year-old man has launched a legal campaign to have his age changed to 45-years-old, after asking ‘if you can change your name or your gender, why not your age?’.
The Dutch entrepreneur claims that he has the body of a 49-year-old and that he will have more luck on Tinder if he can list his age as 49 rather than 69.
Mr Ratelband told Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, ‘You can change your name. You can change your gender. Why not your age? Nowhere are you so discriminated against as with your age.’
He added, ‘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.’
The case has been taken to court in Arnhmen, Gelderland, where it is expected to give a ruling within four weeks.
Predictably Twitter reacted:
Just saw a headline there about a man entering a lawsuit to legally lower his age as he identifies as a 45 year old rather than 69. I thought it was a joke but its genuinely serious. The world's fucking nuts
— Liam Dodson (@Liamdodson) November 8, 2018
Emile continued: "when I'm 69, I'm limited. When I'm on tinder and it says 69, I don't get answer. When I'm 49 with the face I have, I'll be in a luxurious position" pic.twitter.com/7HhRCmKfX0
— thunder thighs (@JilishaMckenzie) November 8, 2018
Dutch man, 69, brings lawsuit to lower his age 20 years https://t.co/ODjJAlKjw2
— Alex Schnell (@Aschnell001) November 8, 2018