HAGERSTOWN -- Grocery-bagging contests can be menacing.
Just ask Brendan Creegan, an 18-year-old bagger at the Martin's Food Market on Pennsylvania Avenue in Hagerstown.
"The other baggers can be intimidating," he said. "You don't know what they're going to say. They can taunt you."
Creegan competed with nine other baggers from the Tri-State area Friday in the fifth annual Martin's Best Bagger Competition at the grocery chain's store on Wesel Boulevard.
He said the trick to bagging is to make sure the weight of the groceries gets distributed evenly in the bag.
"You have to watch how you bag it or the bag is going to break," Creegan said. "Go too fast, and you can get careless and ruin it. Do it too slow, and the customer will get mad and yell."