Lying to get out of a fee

So, on a short uneventful ride from South Philly to 5th and Market Streets, a guy takes a call from the school where he’s going to pick up his kid. Apparently, he’s running late and in danger of being charged a late pick-up fee. He tells the school, “I’m in a Lyft, but my Lyft was stuck behind an accident.” Say, whaaaaat?? When I laughed after he hung up the phone, he said he had to be creative with an excuse or they’d assess him a fee. Jeez, you cudda blamed it on someone who WASN’T driving your sad ass to get your kid cuz you overslept!