An elderly woman from South Korea has involuntarily gone ahead to reaffirm those common age-old jokes targeted at female drivers by setting an unenviable world record. According to Reuters, Cha Sa-Soon failed the theory section 775 times! The lady is a 68-year old pensioner who hails from Wanju County of South Korea.
Her first shot at the written exam was in 2005 and she has scored dismally ever since. The test requires one to score 60% and Cha’s always fell into the 30-50% bracket.
“I’ve looked up some guidebooks to get a driver’s license, and they were saying it takes at most five years to get this,” said Cha in North Jeolla province, a place farmers on tractors are as common on the country roads as motor vehicles.
Not that driving schools in South Korea set the bar that high. They enable one walk away with their license in just a week. Cha has been turning up almost daily for the same test over the years. Applicants usually pay 6,000 won (the South Korean currency, $1=1470.8 Won) for every exam and the Driver’s License Agency where Cha has been taking her exams estimates the total figure to be above 4,000,000 ($3,000). Additional expenses such as transport costs raised the figure to over 10,000,000 ($6,800).
Cha, however, remains upbeat. “I believe you can achieve your goal if you persistently pursue it. So don’t give up your dream, like me. Be strong and do your best.”
What drives her you might be curious? Why try it out so many times? Cha’s ultimate dream is to switch from her current handcart and own a truck to further her business that requires door-to-door sales venture.