The paper bag gives him away: An inmate just released.
'The first thing they ask is how late am I going to stay open," said Dustan Graham, a manager and late night bartender at the Coquille Broiler.
'Can I use the telephone? Can I cash in this change for a dollar bill?"
Two blocks east, a recently released inmate might sit on the bench outside the Highway Deli, asking customers for a ride home.
The deli won't let the releasee harass customers for long, said co-owner Carrie Sjogren. So, many end up standing along the side of state Highway 42 -- thumbs outstretched.
The issue is not uncommon in county seats. People arrested all over Coos County are booked at the county jail in downtown Coquille.
'It is a dilemma for any community who has a regional jail," said Coquille City Manager Terence O'Connor. 'You get folks that get placed in jail from Bandon, North Bend, Coos Bay, Powers, wherever, and when it is time to be released the jail opens its doors and they're here."
Coquille's location exacerbates the problem.
Coquille is almost 18 miles from Coos Bay, the county's largest town, and bus service is limited.
Ninety percent of releasees get rides home from friends or family members, said Delphine Green, Coos County jail administrator. There are few options beyond that.
A CCAT bus departs from downtown Coquille twice daily, but this is only helpful if the released prisoner can afford the $2 fare.
The city of Coquille has a program to provide emergency assistance to anyone in great need using funds provided by the Salvation Army. So it will purchase bus tickets out of town for the truly stranded, which can include released inmates. But these funds are limited and the service is not advertised either at the jail or with the bus company. No released inmate has taken advantage yet, said Interim Coquille Police Chief Janis Blue.
So, without a ride or a bus, inmates head for the more promising locations, such as the bench in front of the Highway Deli where they can ask for a ride or money.
'We get a lot of calls like that," Blue said. 'They're hanging out at the deli, bumming."
Graham tries not to call the police to the Broiler unless a situation becomes dangerous. Customers tend to disperse when police show up, and stranded releasees are usually more annoying than dangerous, he said.
'If they become a problem, are too demanding on me or are annoying the customers I ask them to leave," Graham said. 'I usually just let them hang out until I close."
Inmates lodged overnight at the jail are released in the morning between 7-7:30, giving them time to catch the morning bus out of town, which departs at 9 a.m., or find another ride, Green said.
Inmates used to be released from jail at all hours of the day, but the jail found that released prisoners were causing problems when they became stranded in Coquille overnight.
But this only pertains to scheduled releases. Police departments from across Coos County bring suspects to the jail at all hours of the day and night for citations, which can include a DUII or criminal trespassing.
For citations, the suspect is 'booked and released" whenever he or she arrives.
If the person is visibly intoxicated, he or she can only be released to a sober adult.
'If they are not impaired, we can't legally hold them," said Green. 'We've had people camp out in the lobby before. We don't make them leave in the middle of the night."
But some do.
Graham said two to three recently released inmates wander into his bar each week. He has learned to spot a releasee by the paper bag of belongings the jail sends him or her off with.
They don't always cause problems, until Graham closes the bar.
'I don't have enough time to take care of them and make sure they have a ride home," he said.
Other county jails face problems with released inmates, said David Fidanque, the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon.
'What you are seeing in Coquille is just a microcosm of a much larger issue, which is there -- for the most part -- just isn't any support system for people who get out of jail," Fidanque said.
The issue is less noticeable when the regional jail is located in the population center for the county. The released inmates either make their way home or disappear into city streets.
'It is more obvious in Coquille because it is relatively small and the inmates are more obvious," he said.
But other facilities do share similarities.
The Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Facility, NORCOR, serves four counties, including Wasco, Sherman, Wheeler and Gilliam. Depending on where he or she was arrested, a released prisoner could be several hours from home.
So, NORCOR works closely with inmates to ensure they have a ride home, or at least to the location where they were arrested.
'Early on, there was an agreement made between the four sheriffs on the board," said James Weed, NORCOR jail administrator. 'If someone was going to be released they would get them a bus ticket back to their community, or provide a ride."
NORCOR has been creative in finding rides. County Sheriff officers in town on other business play chauffeur, people heading to various places for supplies, also.
Although Coos County is a smaller geographical area, Coquille business manager, O'Connor, wishes the police departments that utilize the jail would come up with a similar arrangement.
'It would be nice to have a discussion with chiefs and the sheriff's department," O'Connor said.
But local police departments are also burdened by the jail's remote location. Whenever Coos County police make an arrest, they have to drive to Coquille.
'That is just what we have to do, we have to drive them down there and it is a drain on man power and costs," said Capt. Cal Mitts of the Coos Bay Police Department. 'It would make more sense for the jail to not be in Coquille but there is no other option."
In the meantime, Graham keeps watching for the familiar paper bag to come through his door.
'This is the type of thing I deal with every week," Graham said.
Reporter Jessie Higgins can be reached at 541-269-1222 ext. 240 or firstname.lastname@example.org.