Brady bags win at grocers competition

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 29, 1999

Adam Brady is a young man with a gift for groceries – not just eating them, like many growing teenagers, but bagging them at Natchez Market 2.

The senior at Natchez High School has worked after school at Natchez Market 2 for two and a half years.

Brady said he averages about five hours a day after school at the grocery.

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One of his finely-honed skills in the store is bagging groceries – not just quickly, but carefully.

&uot;I go by speed, weight and appearance of the bag,&uot; he said.

A box of crushed eggs are unheard of in his line.

Recently, Brady got to show off this skill at a competition sponsored by Associated Grocers of Baton Rouge, La.

&uot;I didn’t make it to the bagging contest with him, but he said he placed second,&uot; said Brady’s boss and Natchez Market 2 manager Ricky Heffner.

Turns out, Brady was edged out of the competition by a co-worker, Matt Lloyd.

&uot;Jim’s just a good, conscientious, hard working kid. I can’t say enough good about him,&uot; Heffner said.

Brady carries groceries out to cars, rounds up buggies, stocks shelves and, of course, bags groceries.

Knocking out the basic course work at school, Brady plans to attend Copiah-Lincoln Community College after he graduates from high school.

&uot;I’m thinking about doing something in the medical field,&uot; Brady said. He’s considering training as a paramedic or x-ray technician.

Brady said he also enjoys writing and might consider penning a novel some day. As for music, he said he likes all kinds of music – but one.

&uot;I don’t like heavy metal,&uot; he said. &uot;What are they screaming about anyway?&uot;

Brady said he doesn’t have a lot of outside activities aside from school and work – he doesn’t have the time.

&uot;I pretty much go home and rest,&uot; he said.

One of four children, Brady has an older brother and sister and a younger brother.

Brady and his family attend Pine Ridge Baptist Church.