I have also experienced this. This seems to be a new trend, starting sometime yesterday afternoon.
I was able to get 2/3 for the stupid new "Island Holiday" badge while winning the new Mix badge "Shark Rider" x16.
Then, for FOUR straight sessions where I walked away from the computer, "Cripes" error. As a founding member of the "Clear Java, Clear Temp Internet Files, reboot computer" club, I can tell you this has NOTHING to do with the Cripes error. I did that just before going to bed. No progress on either badge on the powerful computer and yet a successful overnight session of Payday Freecell on the second screen name on the weaker computer.
I will try to duplicate the error, but not today, since I have a long list of badges I want to get done x10, x25 and x50. I think I will play some other stuff for the day.