N.L. woman crowned Canada's best grocery bagger

Daniel MacEachern
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Canada's best grocery baggers are from this province and both work for the same company.
The winner, from St. John's, only does it part time.
Kayla Ball - whose day job is with Recreation N.L., works part-time as a cash register supervisor at Colemans on Merrymeeting Road a couple of evenings a week. She was crowned the 2013 Canadian Best Bagger on Tuesday following a two-day competition in Toronto that pitted her against 27 competitors from across the country.

Ball beat fellow Colemans employee Brad Brewer, the assistant manager at Colemans at the Gardens in Corner Brook, for the title.

"I don't think I quite believed it at first," said Ball on Thursday, back home in St. John's.

"It was a good feeling. I was more proud to be at Colemans - they put so much work into it every year, and it was great to help them finally bring home a win."

After winning local and provincial competitions, Ball was flown to Toronto, where the ninth annual competition kicked off Monday, with groups of four baggers racing each other to fill three reusable grocery bags as fast as possible. Competitors were judged on speed, weight distribution, bag content and style.

"You had to put all your crushables in the same bag, so all your chips, eggs and bread in the same bag so they didn't get crushed by heavier items," she said.

"The other two bags, you had to try to evenly distribute the weight, so someone carrying them wouldn't topple over."

The 28 competitors were whittled down to seven - each of whom won $100 for the first-round victory - for the second day of competition, which eliminated contestants until there were two finalists, each of whom won another $100 for maing the final.

"It was really cool to be up against him (Brewer) and knowing that the Top 2 were Colemans employees. It was pretty neat," said Ball, who earned another $500 for the win.

Ball has been working for Colemans part-time for the past few years, since she was in university.

Even though she has a full-time job with Recreation N.L., she's kept working at Coleman's to keep saving money - and because she loves it.

"I just really enjoy working there," she said. "I am saving for a house, but I do. You get to know the customers. You become a little bit of a family. I just enjoy going and spending the time there, I have to say."


Organizations: Gardens

Geographic location: Canada, Corner Brook, St. John's Toronto

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