Student: "Why did I get a '4' on this [10-point] assignment?"
Me: "Because this was almost word-for-word the same as other student's."
Student: "Yeah, I worked on it with another person."
Me: "But you still have to do your own work. I'm not going to figure out who copied, so I split the points in half between the two."
Student: "Even on a little assignment like this?"
Me: "I could've given you both a '0.' It's still plagiarism."
Student: "Oh. So, that's the way it's gonna be."
Me [in my head] : "LOL!! LOL!!" (and I had to cover my mouth a couple times in class to keep my laughing smile covered up )
You were generous. They both would have gotten a zero for that nonsense in my class.