Fagin and Oliver Twist For everything that changes, it all stays the same. There's a reason there's story about it...even in jolly ol' England back then. Here at least they can afford props to fake a disability...but it still happens. In DC, some of them are undercover for security. Sad that the existence of beggars in a top city are even considered effective decoys. God knows what goes on in other cities. There's a reason they call it an "underbelly"