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Other professionals who are scraping along the bottom are advertisers, real estate agents and state MPs, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
"You're scraping along on your backside over here," she said.
"The city is scraping along, the county is scraping along, and the environmental association, of course, is practically nothing in the way of financial resources.
She says locals are sick of drivers knocking off their wing mirrors or scraping along their parked cars and vans.
The car careened almost out of control down the road, bouncing off the crash barriers, until it miraculously ground to a halt scraping along the mountainside.
Neil, 47, said: "We've just been scraping along. I was down to my last 13 quid."
But it's fair to say we haven't fared too well in recent years, scraping along the bottom of the leader board with Javine Hylton, Scooch, Andy Abraham, Daz Sampson and Liverpool's Jemini, who are still the only UK entry to be awarded nul points.