69 Year old trying to change his age!
A 69-year-old Dutch pensioner going by the name of Emile Ratelband is attempting to change his age from 69 to 49 through the court in his hometown. He wishes to change his date of birth on his birth certificate from March 11th 1949 to March 11 1969.
The reason behind him wanting this change is that he sees this as no different as changing your gender or name and clearly doesn't care if that offends anyone. In an interview with The Washington Post, he states “Because nowadays, in Europe and in the United States, we are free people,” continuing by saying, "We can make our own decisions if we want to change our name, or if we want to change our gender. So I want to change my age. My feeling about my body and about my mind is that I’m about 40 or 45.”
He even claims that his dating life will improve with this age change. “If you’re 69 on Tinder, you’re outdated.”
His friends have even stated that he could just lie about his age. But Emile exclaims “But I don’t want to lie. If you lie, you have to remember everything you say.” He has also claimed that doctors had told him his body was that of a 45-year-old man. He is willing to remove his right to a pension to make sure there are no consequences of his age change.
A Judge asked Emile how his parents would feel about 20 years of Ratelband’s life being wiped off the records. Emile than explained that his parents are dead so it won't matter. After the 45-minute court session, Emile said: "It all comes down to free will."
This really is a question of how much can one person change about themselves before it becomes too far. This really shouldn't be an option to change your age as that can lead a Doctor giving you the wrong medication because he thinks you are one age but you actually are another. If this passed through this can lead to him being able to trick people to think he is an age which he is really not.