Though the entire internet would tell Ratelbund that he's officially the nicest age, the "positivity guru" says that it's hindering his dating life.
“When I’m on Tinder and it says I’m 69, I don’t get an answer,” Ratelband said. “When I’m 49, with the face I have, I will be in a luxurious position.”
Ratelband cited doctors who claimed he had the health of a younger man and described himself as a "young god" in court. As such, he wants to change his date of birth from March 11, 1949 to March 11, 1969.
The court was highly skeptical of Ratelband's case and his argument that changing his legal age was no different than a transgender person legally changing their gender. The judge told Ratelband if he took 20 years off of his life, he was effectively removing his own childhood. He asked how Ratelband's parents would feel about the erasure.
“For whom did your parents care? Who was that little boy then?” he asked.
Ratelband countered that it did not matter because both of his parents were dead (as you might expect of a 69-year-old man). Ratelband also told the court that he was willing to give up his right to an old-age pension, just to avoid problems with future petitioners who might seek to game the system.