Hello all, thought I'd share some chat with you all.
Some of you may have been in a similar situation as mine. Years back I was employed by Huffy Corporation. Incidently, Huffy sells more basketball bankboards than bikes and they produce professional grade NBA boards of acryllic and glass materials.
Anyways, working in chain department stores is the usual work setting. It may be Sears or K Mart one day, Wal Mart or Monkey Wards on another. I would assemble everything from bikes to grills, to exercise equip, to even Christmas trees and decorate them!! Pay was commensurate with the amount of pieces I output each day. This has a direct effect on quality of assembly. At first I spent so much time trying to get these cheezy bikes to spin smoothly, brake evenly, shift reliably, etc. that I earned just enough money to cover a lunch & dinner! In the end they fall out of adjustment so quickly that it's a lost cause for even trying from the start. It didn't take long to learn to perform the shortcuts and trim assembly methods to be able to bring home a paycheck of some value. My conscience got to me after awhile and I quit Huffy. I just couldn't be a further part of pumping out that awfull crud that I felt was a waste of material resources in manufacturing to begin with. To add to the mysery was assembling bikes and such stuff in the middle of an aisle, being in the way of customers, instead of in some idle stockroom location ("Uh maam, I do not work for the store so I'm not sure what aisle has toe nail clippers"). I always had to watch my tools and pack everything up during lunch. Between dragging in a heavy Park stand, a 10 gallon air tank, cordless drill, a loaded tool hip pouch, and a satchel for paperwork... whew! Most of the time I grabbed a shopping cart to haul it all and probably looked like some homeless junk collector pushing it through the lot!!. And that's my experience!!