RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - From beer to umbrellas, from popsicles to hats, the presence of a variety of street vendors, some of whom are particularly charismatic and old acquaintances of bathers, adds to the charm of Rio's beaches.
However, some take advantage of the sweat and respect these workers deserve to cause the worst on Rio's beaches: the feeling of insecurity.
In recent months, fake vendors who disguise themselves to commit crimes have been observed on the city's beaches, especially in the South Zone, and even more so on Copacabana - arguably Brazil's most famous beach.
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