Publicado: Vie, Noviembre 09, 2018
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

Dutch businessman, 69, seeks to legally identify as 20 years younger

Dutch businessman, 69, seeks to legally identify as 20 years younger

Emile Ratelband, 69, said he feels discriminated against for his age.

According to Sky News, the Dutch entrepreneur wants to change his date of birth after his doctors advised him that he has a body of a 45-year-old.

In response, Ratelband said that as his parents were dead, they would not be offended by his change of birth year. Why not your age?

But Mr Ratelband argued 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. If I want to renew my driving licence at 69, it's hard. "If I'm 49, then I can buy a new house, drive a different auto", he said.

"I don't want my kids to be embarrassed by me when I take them to the school gates and I'm 85", he added. He says that with his youthful face and an age of 49, he would get more dates, possibly with younger women.

Mr Ratelband said his legal appeal is consistent with other forms of personal transformation that are gaining acceptance and government recognition in his country and around the world.

We even have the right to change our name.

Nació antes del Superclásico y le pusieron de nombre River Plate
Podría ser un caso más de una familia fanática por un equipo, pero la particularidad es que la mamá se apellida Plate . Y cuando se combina con el nacimiento de un hijo el resultado puede tener consecuencias de por vida.

As the Cut points out, "luxurious" might be a euphemism - in a translation by CNN, Ratelband says, "When I'm 49 with [this face], then I'm rammed".

Ratelband told a court in Arnhem that having an official age that did not reflect his emotional state was a challenge for his career and love life, according to The Guardian.

Another motivation for changing his age is the fact that the father of seven has another two children on the way, both by surrogates.

The judge presiding over Mr Ratelband's case said he had some sympathy for his plight, but found there would be practical problems in allowing people to change their DOB - as it would mean legally deleting a significant portion of their lives. He said he'd be happy to forfeit his monthly pension of around $2,144 - a concession he estimates would save almost $470,000 over the 20 years he wants shaved off his age.

He also said he would renounce his pension if he switched his birth date.

He is expected to receive a verdict in the next four weeks.

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