How One Homeless Man’s Selfless Action Resulted in Incredible Generosity
Posted by GreaterGoodness
Michel Flamant, a bakery owner in Dole, France, didn’t think he was doing anything special when he regularly gave a croissant and a cup of coffee to the homeless man who begged for coins outside his shop. Little did he know that his kindness would someday come back around to save his own life.
In December 2015, Flamant was hard at work baking bread, even though he hadn’t felt well for several days, ever since his bread oven had recently been fixed. Though he was feeling drowsy, Flamant kept working. When his homeless friend, Jerome Aucant, stepped inside the bakery, where he knew he was welcome to get out of the cold for a bit, he realized Flamant was passing out.
Aucant pulled Flamant out of the bakery and called for emergency help. In doing so, the homeless man saved the baker’s life. That oven repair had resulted in a carbon monoxide leak, and if Flamant had continued to breathe the odorless, colorless gas, he would have been baking his last loaves of bread.
Flamant spent two weeks in the hospital recovering from his near brush with death. As soon as he returned to work, he offered Aucant a job.
Aucant was more than willing to learn the baker’s trade, and he even shaved off his dreadlocks to present a better appearance to customers.
The two made a great team, with Aucant picking up all Flamant’s tricks of the trade as if he were born to it.
So Flamant took his generosity a step further. He already knew that his three daughters had no interest in continuing the family business, so he sold his bakery to Aucant for 1 euro. Aucant is set to take over in September 2016, when Flamant plans to retire.
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