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Roche Bros. worker vies for bagging bragging rights

Danny Johnson has toiled for more than eight years to refine his craft. He has built a reputation for being fast, precise, and reliable — qualities that have brought him industrywide attention in Massachusetts. But this weekend, Johnson, 24, will take his talents to an even bigger stage. He will compete in Las Vegas for the honor of being named the best in the nation at what he does so well: bag groceries.

For most people, filling up paper or plastic bags at the end of a conveyor belt is an entry-level job, the kind of gig in which workers count down the minutes to break time. Johnson, however, finds it intriguing, like figuring out puzzles with lots of perishable pieces.

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