By Bill Shields, WBZ-TVBy Bill Shields

BRAINTREE (CBS) – How many times have you come home from the grocery store, opened your bags, and found the fruit crushed, or a jar broken?

Well, that doesn’t ever happen when Bryan Cramond bags groceries.  In fact, Cramond is so good, he’s going to the National Grocery Bagging Championships in Las Vegas in February.

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“I never really saw it coming,” says Cramond,”when Stop & Shop hired me five years ago, I just decided to do the best I could.”

Now, the supermarket chain is sending its best bagger to the finals.

Bill Shields reports from Braintree.

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Today, WBZ asked the 20-year-old what makes a well-packed bag.  “It’s not just the speed, but how you pack everything safely.  You have to build a wall within the bag, then put the breakable items inside that wall, and it’s best to use food in boxes to build the wall”.

Cramond already won the title of “Massachusetts’s Best Bagger”, after beating out contestants from the state’s other food chains.  And when competing, Cramond says one of the hardest parts is making sure the bags weigh the same…that’s one of the criteria.

“I got within a half a pound, so I was happy,” he says.

And judging from his customers in Braintree, they’re happy, too.  “He’s the best,” said one woman,”and I look for him when I’m checking out”.

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Now if only Cramond can check out with the grand prize in Las Vegas.