A woman who spent £11,000 getting her driving license, finally succeeding on her 960th attempt, has risen to prominence again almost 15 years after her story made international headlines.
Cha Sa-soon’s story has been reshared on reddit, where it has garnered attention due to her tenacity in chasing her driving license.
She took her first attempt at the written test in April 2005, but unfortunately was not successful. However, the South Korean was not deterred, and continued to retake it until she passed, sitting the exam every day, five days a week over three years.
She then reduced this to just twice a week, until she finally passed the written test, on her 860th attempt.
Once she had that under her belt, she moved on to the practical test, which would also prove a challenge.
Cha Sa-soon had to take that test 10 times, bringing the total number of driving examinations up to 960, between the written and practical elements.
The cost of this was some €12,500 (£11,000) according to reports, however, she didn’t give up despite the expense, as she needed to be able to drive for her vegetable-selling business.
According to Cha Sa-soon’s driving instructor, when she finally passed, it was ‘a huge burden off [their] backs’.
The instructor, at Jeonbuk Driving School, said: ‘When she finally got her licence, we all went out cheering and hugged her, giving her flowers.”
‘It felt like a huge burden falling off our backs. We hadn’t had the guts to tell her to quit because she kept showing up.’
Cha Sa-soon’s story made international headlines due to her tenacity, making her a national celebrity.
She was even gifted a brand new vehicle worth €13,000 (£11,640) by South Korean car manufacturer Hyundai.
Her story recently resurfaces on reddit, prompting people to share their thoughts on her road worthiness.