Court Rejects Dutch Man's Bid to Change His Age

A Dutch motivational speaker's attempt to legally change his age so that he is twenty years younger has been rejected by a court. Emile  Ratelband made headlines in early November when he argued that he should  be allowed to modify his date of birth in the same way that people can  alter their legal name or gender. His odd case drew chuckles from a  number of quarters when it was revealed that part of his reasoning for  the request was that he was hoping to improve his luck on the dating app  Tinder.

To their credit, the district court in the Netherlands tasked with  hearing Ratelband's case did not dismiss his case with a laugh and,  instead, offered a rather reasoned response to the request. In a statement announcing their decision, they explained that they found that allowing  him to change his date of birth "would have a variety of undesirable  legal and societal implications." 

Find out their specific concerns at the Coast to Coast AM website.

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