A couple of months ago, we all kicked up a fuss about this Dutch pensioner who wanted to legally identify himself as 49 instead of his actual 69 because he felt like it was messing up his ability to match with people on Tinder and we’re happy to report today that the idiot has lost his court battle.
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Emile Ratelband told the Dutch court that he felt that because transgender people are allowed to change their sex on their birth certificate, he should be able to change his age as well. Obviously that’s a ridiculous argument and we’re pleased to say that this was exactly what the judge thought as well – although strangely he did have some sympathy for the discrimination that Ratelband said he was facing:
The court did not find any reason in Mr Ratelband’s arguments to create new case law in line with the statutory provisions on changes to a person’s officially registered name or gender.
Its main reason was that, unlike the situation with respect to a change in registered name or gender, there are a variety of rights and duties related to age, such as the right to vote and the duty to attend school.
If Mr Ratelband’s request was allowed, those age requirements would become meaningless. People could literally omit or make up entire parts of their lives.
I mean yeah, that’s a perfectly normal reaction that makes a lot of sense isn’t it? Glad that this guy wasn’t allowed to change his age legally because it would have literally opened up a huge can of worms all over the world with people trying to ‘legally’ do other dumb things like that as well. Huge relief.
For more of the same, check out the Best And Worst Tinder Conversations In The World. Probably won’t be too long until we see Emile Ratelband on there.