What is it with the way people write 9s in Uruguay?

I’ve mentioned it before. These recent examples came from two hardware stores:

Somebody’s got to be teaching kids in school to write 9s backwards.

For the record, this are ‘real’ 9s: 9 9 9 9 9 9

Further confusing the issue, some Uruguayans write 9s correctly.

What decides how you’re going to write a 9?

Are both equally acceptable during early school years?

Curious minds want to know.

Strange handwritten numbers in Uruguay
Now can we talk about those 2s?

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