She glanced around nervously, apparently worrying (that) the customers would overhear.

Someone told me that you can omit "that" when using reporting verbs:

I realized (that) she was a good person.

I'm not very sure about my first example, though.

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In the first sentence the "that" can be omitted, but it becomes somewhat awkward because the absence of any word between them brings "worrying" and "customers" so close together that a reader gets a wrong impression of "her" "apparently worrying customers". Because of that I would keep "that" there.

In the second sentence the "that" can be omitted without such an ill effect, so use it or drop it, the meaning is the same.

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