It's not really all that hard to lose a bag, phone or baby on public transportation, and the odds of ever getting your stuff back are always slim. So it was incredibly lucky, then, that when Bushwick resident Stephanie Seiler left her bag on a bus in Brooklyn on Wednesday, she was able to get it back—with the help of a couple kindly drivers and smartphone apps, of course.

Seiler, 43, had just hopped off a B26 in her neighborhood around 5 p.m. yesterday when she realized she'd left her purse containing her wallet, credit cards, cash, ID and keys, onboard. The bus had already departed the stop, so she flagged down a cab on an e-hail app in hopes of catching up.

"I jumped in the taxi and I said, 'I left my purse on a bus, I'm watching it on MTA bus time and it's at such-and-such stop. Do you think we can get in front of it?'" Seiler told Gothamist. "And he immediately was on the case."

Seiler's driver used Waze to navigate the traffic, and skirted some of the more troublesome routes to get her ahead of the bus. "He was really reassuring. He could tell that I was a little distressed," Seiler said.

Eventually, the cab caught up with Seiler's bus at a depot at Cadman Plaza and Tillary. "The taxi driver dropped me off and wished me luck," Seiler said, and then she ran to find her bus driver. "I recognized my driver. And I said, 'Hey, did you by any chance find a black purse?'" she said. "And he said, 'Oh that was you, I remember you! I have it, it's right here.' I was very happy.'"

Apparently a passenger spotted Seiler's bag, and the driver had them bring it up to him right away. After confirming it belonged to Seiler, he handed it back to her, and Seiler says all her possessions were still inside. "I asked him, 'Is it ok if I give you a hug or would it be inappropriate?' And he was like, 'Bring it on!'"

Another bus driver snapped a few photos of them. "It was a great day, this great community of just, normal every day goodness and people. It was lovely," Seiler said.

Seiler says the whole experience was a nice reminder in a dark time that people can be Good. "With everything that goes on in the world I think we tend to focus on catastrophic thinking, and sometimes we miss all the goodness sitting around us," she said. "It wasn't like this heroic act, but it was numerous people jumping in and doing a normal, everyday decent thing."

Also Good? Smartphone apps. "We always look to technology and humanity being separate, but it was a merging of technology being there for us and us utilizing the technology," Seiler said of the various apps that helped her in her bag-seeking journey. Just one more reason to should graft your iPhone to your hand.