10 November 2009

License to Fail

I passed the written test and driver's test for my driver's license on the first try, shortly after my 16th birthday.  A few of my friends failed on the first attempt, but for obvious reasons like running over the curb, hitting another car, or forgetting to buckle the seatbelt.  Point is, a driver's test is not that difficult and there really is no excuse why anyone should fail the first time...or second time...or third time...or the 949th time, like one Korean woman.

Cha Sa-soon, 68, of South Korea apparently can't pass the written test for her driver's license.  I can't help but wonder--can she even read?  That would be my first guess.  If she can read, then what is her deal? Is her IQ below 35?  Is she blind? Or is she really that dumb?

According to MSNBC.com, she has tried to "pass the written exam for a driver's license with near-daily attempts since April 2005 has finally succeeded on her 950th time".

Even more amazing is that this woman spent 5 million won (USD $4,200) in application fees for the same damn test!  She could have saved that money by taking the bus, a cab, or even walking!

What I really want to know is why now, in her 50 some years of being eligible for a driver's license, why she chose to start in the last few years?  Maybe she didn't need it before; maybe she was married and her husband wouldn't allow it; maybe she couldn't afford it.  Yes, there are multiple maybes, but maybe she shouldn't have waited until she was dependent on a walker, was a full member of AARP, and had more wrinkles than Bea Arthur's inner thighs to get her license!!!

Perhaps the funniest part about this story is the fact that she spent so many years, so much money, on JUST the written part of the test! Now, she has to pass the actual driving portion, and I just want to say that I am thankful I am not living in Jeonju (130 miles South of Seoul) when she goes for that test.  Who knows how long that will take her?  Every day for another 4 years? At that rate, she'll be 72 before she's actually allowed to drive.

Here's a tip for you lady--move to Florida; if you have a pulse, the state of Florida will NOT hesitate to give you a driver's license, and you can even take the test in a variety of languages!  Don't feel too bad though; the Florida DOT is just as dumb as you are.


Emily said...

there should be a rule saying if you fail the test 20 times you are no longer allowed to try again...obviously she will not be a good driver! YIKES

Dave "Loose Cannon" Wills said...

I thought at first this happened in FL. I remember you telling me how 'strict' they were there with driver licenses. Lol.

This is amazing. I'm not sure if to call it sheer determination or sheer madness (on the part of the DOT who gave her the license).

As the old folks say and apparently believe and do (she's living proof!), if at first 949 times you fail, try and try again!

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