Frank Bruni Uses Twitter to Return Courtney Love's Phone

11/22/2013 at 10:00 AM EST

New York Times's Frank Bruni Uses Twitter to Return Courtney Love's Phone
Courtney Love and Frank Bruni
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At some point in Courtney Love's wild girl wanderings Wednesday night, the rocker and her phone went their separate ways, with the device landing on the floor of a New York City taxicab.

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, 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. Moments later came a reply from Love – and a call from her manager, with a plan to reunite the smartphone and its celebrity owner.

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.

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