Classic Habit: World News from the Past

68-year-old South Korean woman Cha Sa-soon shows her application form for a

I Took the Korean Driver’s License Test 950 Times and Finally Passed – SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA – Were you one of many folks in the world who failed their driver’s test 6 or 8 times?  You gave everybody in the driver’s ed car a whiplash everyday after school.  You hit every car in the parking lot the first time you tried to parallel park.  And in some cases you got behind the wheel and just plain sucked when you tried to drive.  But, after some study and practice you passed, right?  Well, this old broad didn’t, at least not the first 949 times she took it. 

Cha Sa-soon, 68, Seoul South Korea, has been trying since 2005 to pass the written portion of the test to get a license, but she hasn’t come close to the 60 percent required to be licensed until last week.  “I’ve tried to pass that test many, many times, but I could not.  I looked at every book, ever picture and drove 10os of yak trucks to practice,” Cha said in North Jeolla province.  “It’s already been four years so now I only have to pass the driving part so that I can drove my own vegetable cart during the day and yak truck at night to make a few extra dollars.” (

South Korean driver’s courses permit applicants to walk away with a license in a few days if they don’t wreck the practice car.  Cha has not been fortunate enough to take such a class, but she has driven her uncle’s fried rice cart for many years, after having spent more than four years of failing and $6,800 on the applications for the written part.  Wow.  She spent $7000 on the tests but didn’t have a few quid for an actual driving class where they put you in a car and teach you how to drive it?  That’s like paying $6800 bucks for a bunch of hookers on the internet, only UPS keeps delaying the shipment over and over again. Oh well. At least she passed the written part.  Now all she has to do is learn how to parallel park that yak truck for a real license.


~ by the115 on 12/26/2009.

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