Luckily for Love, the next passenger in the vehicle was New York Times op-ed columnist Frank Bruni.
Initially assuming the phone was his, Bruni picked it up only to discover that his own was safely tucked away. According to NYmag.com, the Times journalist, with help from his assistant, discovered that the locked mobile belonged to Love, based on incoming texts and Instagram notifications.
Hoping to reunite the iPhone with its owner, and maybe even get "a signed copy of a Hole album," Bruni reached out to Love the best way he knew: Twitter.
Weird: the iPhone left in my yellow cab last night clearly belongs to @courtney (Courtney Love). Trying to return. Anyone? Courtney?— Frank Bruni (@FrankBruni) November 21, 2013
@FrankBruni frank you're a gem, what a small world can we exchange dms?— Courtney Love Cobain (@Courtney) November 21, 2013
This Thanksgiving, Love will likely be thankful her phone ended up in Bruni's hands instead of the curious claws of just about anyone else.