(Strip Number 4252, Original Publication Date, 29 November 1982)
Panel 1: We find Mike and Lawrence looking at a selection of ladies' scarves; having noticed one that really catches his eye, Mike tells Lawrence "Lookit that scarf!! I bet my mom would like that for Christmas."
Panel 2: Lawrence tells him that it costs a lot; nine dollars to be specific. Since this is 1982 and Lawrence is a small child, that is a lot.
Panel 3: Lawrence then tells Mike that he could swipe it; since Mike is a suggestible dolt, he bets that he could.
Panel 4: Lawrence half-way smiles as he asks Mike if he's really going to do it as he stuffs the scarf inside his jacket.
Summary: This would not work in the 2010s; if he hadn't been caught by the security cameras, the inventory control tag on the scarf would have caught him out as soon as he tried leaving. Watch Lynn bray about how that's a bad thing because people are so goshdarned suspicious or some such prattle.