December 2, 2023
Misplacing items is a fact of life for most of us. It's bound to happen sooner or later. But there are certainly different levels of panic that ensue depending on...

Misplacing items is a fact of life for most of us. It’s bound to happen sooner or later. But there are certainly different levels of panic that ensue depending on how valuable the item is.

Keys and wallets go missing fairly often. Phones disappear. Pets run away. Electric scooters aren’t generally an issue, but sadly, that’s exactly what Millie Anderson of Guam experienced on Monday.

Anderson was out with her daughter on Monday, her scooter on a platform on the back of her daughter’s truck. At some point, they realized that the scooter was no longer there — it had fallen off after missing a turn.

For Anderson, the scooter isn’t just a convenience, it’s a major part of her life. Not only does it help her stay mobile, but it’s rigged with her oxygen tank as well.

“I carry my oxygen on the scooter; it’s pretty heavy. It’s just a purse size, but it’s heavy, but I know I would need it because I wouldn’t be able to breathe,” she told KUAM News.


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“I would be too tired, so I haven’t gone anywhere.”

The word went out, but little did they know that even as they were trying to figure out where the scooter could’ve ended up, a good Samaritan had located it and was looking for its owner.

According to a post by KUAM, some spotted a man picking up the scooter, and many immediately assumed that he had absconded with it — but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Ben Matanane was driving when he spotted cars ahead of him swerving out of the lane. At first, he thought the toppled item was a stroller.

“I was driving down Bello Road, and I thought it was a baby carriage on the road cause all of these cars were driving around it,” he told KUAM.

“When I came up to it, I stopped, reversed, put the tailgate down and another truck pulled up behind me and asked if it’s my scooter, and I said, ‘No, it’s not. I found it on the road like this, and I’m just going to pick it up.’”

Realizing the piece of equipment was probably dearly missed, Matanane spent the day trying in vain to locate the owner.

Eventually, after turning up empty-handed, he dropped the scooter off at a dentist’s office for safekeeping while they waited for an owner to step forward.


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On Tuesday, Matanane’s sister spotted the original story of Anderson’s debacle and contacted Matanane. He reached out to Anderson, who was beyond thrilled to have her wheels back.

“Oh my god, now I’m going to go places,” she said. “I take it to the exchange, the commissary, to the mall — everywhere I go, to bingo.”

Thankfully, there are still people like Matanane out there, looking to right wrongs instead of profit off of them.

Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she’s strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.

As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn’t really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she’s had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children’s books with her husband, Edward.


Austin, Texas

Languages Spoken

English und ein bißchen Deutsch

Topics of Expertise

Faith, Animals, Cooking